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Huami Amazefit X Smartwatch With Curved AMOLED Display Launched

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Amazfit is a brand by Huami, mostly known with its wearables and earbuds. Its latest project is called Amazfit X and is a smart band with a curved display. This futuristic-looking device was crowdfunded at Indiegogo and managed to gather nearly $2 million from 12,000 people.

While the method is unusual for big manufacturers, the project is obviously a success, and we got a band with us to review it and to determine whether Amazfit has managed to build the next big thing.

We received a circular box with the X wrapped around what appears to be a charging stand. It looks lovely but tremendously bulky. Upon closer inspection, we realized you can detach it and use it as a regular proprietary charger.

The first thing we notice is the really long screen that merges seamlessly with the rubber bands. Because of the form of the Amazfit X, the straps aren’t standard, but the good news is there is an extra strap in the box for bigger wrists.

The band lacks any physical buttons but has two sensors, one on each side. When pressed simultaneously (essentially squeezing the band), it powers on and we were presented with the UI. Thanks to the tall display, there is plenty of info at glance – that was the main goal for Amazfit after all.

Feature-wise, the X has everything you might need from a smartband – weather updates (synchronized with the phone), music controls, a few sports that can be tracked and recorded. There’s also heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, stress detection, and Amazfit says it could track heart-related issues. Hopefully, our X stays silent on this topic.

This is clearly a unique-looking device that promises a lot. We have to complete the full review to determine how the battery is handling, can it be used for sports, and if Amazfit fixed its app, which could use some work last time we tried it.

You can order the Amazfit X on Indiegogo for $329. It’s certainly expensive for a smart band, but it’s no ordinary device either, so it might well be worth it. We should have a final verdict later this month.

Design

The Amazfit X is advertised and sold as a smartwatch even if it has the form factor of a smart band – it is relatively narrow and ever so slightly wider than a Mi Band or a Galaxy Fit. Huami is selling the idea that you can have all the information you need on the screen without having to scroll, and the Amazfit X on occasion brings even more than you can handle.

The Amazfit X has no hardware keys, but there are two pressure-sensitive points in the middle of both sides. A simple squeeze, accompanied by a gentle vibration, brings you back to the watch face from any screen.

The watch is made from titanium alloy, but the bands are made of fluororubber which is a type of polycarbonate that is gentle on the skin and easy to wash away from nasty germs after a lengthy sports session.

Screen

The thing that sets apart the Amazfit X is the 2.07” touchscreen. Of course, the relatively high number comes from the very tall ratio meaning you don’t get that much more screen estate, but in the end, that’s all you need on your wrist – more info at a glance, not a big wide panel for media consumption.

Furthermore this is one of the brightest displays we have ever seen, wearable or not. There are no issues with colors getting dull under certain angles and the brightness is impressive.

And the curved screen doesn’t just look nice, the technology behind it is even more spectacular. The 92-degree curvature allows for a comfortable rest on the wrist, and engineers proudly revealed they heat the glass cover to over 700 degrees Celsius, and then bend it in a complicated 6-step process.

According to Amazfit, the panel has 326 PPI HD resolution and offers 20 different watch faces, specifically designed for this form factor.

Some of the faces are cluttered, others are rather minimalistic but they all show more information than just about any other wearable – after all, that’s the main use-case scenario of the Amazfit X.

Battery life

The development of curved and foldable devices is hampered by one key aspect in general – the battery and its reluctance to follow any curvatures. However, the Amazfit X power cell has a 205 mAh capacity and is able to follow the slight 92-degree curve of the panel.

Battery life is said to be “up to 7 days” but that’s a conservative estimate without notifications, sleep tracking or sports activities. Once some of these are turned on, one charge can shell no more than 5 days of battery life, with the GPS tracker being the biggest drainer.

When it is time to top up the battery of the Amazfit X, it magnetically snaps to its charger and gets from 0 to 100% in about 75 minutes but the watch is unusable during that time.

Usage

In addition to doing a splending job of showing your notifications, the Amazfit X also promises sports and sleep tracking and SpO2 meter, while the 5ATM water resistance means you don’t need to take it off every time you wash your hands or go swimming.

Sports-wise, the Amazfit X supports 9 different modes, including running, swimming, cycling, walking, all of them either outdoor or indoor.

We faced some issues with the location functionality. While the Amazfit X supports both GPS and GLONASS at one instance the band was entirely unable to acquire lock.

However, Huami assured us this is an issue with some of the pre-production units such as the one we had for review and it will be fixed in the retail units. Also, when we got the GPS working, it was measuring as good as any smart device. Yes, it isn’t your Suunto or Garmin wearable but does the job for every running enthusiast.

All the sports are tracked by the watch and then synchronized with the app. Amazfit renamed the platform and now it is named Zepp after a California-based multi-sport sensor technology company that Huami acquired in 2018. On the inside, the app on the mobile phone is pretty the same that we criticized in several reviews of Amazfit wearables.

The application and its features would be ideal for someone living in the Amazfit universe, but even some of those users might be bothered by either having no access to a feature or having multiple access points for the very same function.

First, you cannot add your own watch faces. While the pre-loaded ones are pretty neat and many of their complications are customizable, it would be even better if you got the options to design your own. Also, the customization of the complications is only possible via the touchscreen and not the app, which would be more convenient at times.

The Zepp app is filled with features that can be used in the Amazfit universe but not with the X. For example, there is Weight holding baby, Balance on one foot, Himalayan or NFC card package – they are all compatible with other huami-owned products that are not smart bands but for some reason Amazfit decided to keep them greyed out instead of completely hiding them.

Final thoughts

After one month with the Amazfit X, we are left with a mixed feelings. It’s certainly an amazing looking wearable and it does a spending job with the notifications.

However, Huami should clearly improve its companion application as it makes analyzing the data gathered by the Amazfit X very hard.

The wearable is currently unavailable after its initial stints at Indiegogo and at a local Chinese crowdfunding platform. Amazfit is expected to launch globally with the option to purchase the X from its website. Currently you can get it in China for $150 and while the international will certainly higher we at least hope that it will be lower than the $329 the last of the early adopters had to pay.

Regardless of the specific number however the Amazfit X is going to way pricier than other smart bands of similar functionality, so it won’t be stealing market share from the Mi Bands of this world. However its looks make it work so much better as a fashion accessory that we are certain there will be no shortage of buyers either.

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Samsung Galaxy F62 announced

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The latest addition from the Samsung  Galaxy series is the Galaxy F62, and it includes a 7000mAH battery and 25W charger in the box. It is the second phone from Samsung with a big battery after Samsung Galaxy M51. Design-wise its comes with a dual-tone Laser gradient design.

The Samsung Galaxy F62 comes with a 6.7-inch Infinity-O AMOLED Plus display with FHD+ resolution. It equipped with a 32MP selfie camera in the front. On the rear side, we will get a quad-camera setup with a 64MP primary sensor, 12MP ultrawide and two 5MP modules for macro shots and depth data.

Samsung’s 7nm Exynos 9825 will be under the hood, with 6GB / 8GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. The Samsung Galaxy F62 comes in Laser Green, Laser Blue and Laser Grey colors. The phone is about 9.5mm thick, included with Android 11 with Samsung One UI 3.1 and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

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Samsung Galaxy F62 is set to go on sale in India at 12 noon on February 22.

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Budget Smartphone selection for 2021 January

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Best economic mobile phones for January 2021

Nowadays mobile phones are used for several purposes. Some of them are important and some of them for time pass.

What are the main use of mobile phones?

  1. Make calls
  2. Send Messages
  3. Surf Websites
  4. Capture your best moments
  5. Enter into online and offline applications.

To fulfill this, and average person only need a phone with price around 10,000 RS. Selecting a phone with maximum features is a himalayan task for few. Here are my list of budget phones for the month of January 2021.

5. Realme C15 3GB 32 GB

Realme C15 only have 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. You might be wondering why this phone entered into my top 5 budget phone list for the new decade.

Following are key elements making the Realme C15 in my favorite list.

  • 6.52 inch HD Display
  • 13MP AI Quad Camera
  • 6000 mAh battery

Realme C15 can be preferred for those who are looking for a good photography experience and huge battery backup.

4. Redmi 9 Prime 4GB 64GB

Redmi 9 Prime outperformed Realme C15 with its 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.

Other few features are

  • A descent 5020 mAh battery
  • 6.53 full HD Display
  • AI Quad Camera

3. Oppo A5 2020 3GB 64GB

Oppo A5 beaten Redmi 9 Prime with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octa core processor. I personally like Qualcomm processors over MediaTek.

Key other features include

  • 64 GB internal memory
  • Snapdragon 665 Octa Core Processor
  • 5000 mAh battery

2. Samsung Galaxy M11 3GB 32 GB

Even though the Galaxy M11 comes with 3GB RAM 32GB internal memory, the position of the selfi Camera given rank 2 in my list. Most of the under 10K range Smartphones comes with water drop Camera. Hence the punch hole Camera in the Galaxy M11 making it favorable for many. Moreover Samsung has more brand value than the other phones in the list. At least from my point for view. There is no need for an argument at this time.

Here are some of the other key features

  • Expandable memory support upto 512GB
  • Qualcomm octa core processor
  • 5000 mAh battery

1. Redmi 9 4GB 128 GB

While seeing the heading itself you might have noticed the heavy internal memory. Getting a Smartphone with 128GB under 10K is the only reason making Redmi 9 in the top of my list. 4GB RAM and 128GB internal memory gives enough room  for us store and capture whatever we wants.

Other Key features are

  • 5000 mAh battery
  • 6.53 HD display

Note: I have checked our main online ecommerce websites prior to writing this article. There might be small variations in the price when you check the price online. Sellers keep changing in Flipkart and Amazon. I’m sure that these phones can be purchased within 10000RS. If you see the price above 10000RS, please visit the site on a later point so that the seller with less price shows again.

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Apple iPhone 12 Vs iPhone 12 Mini: What’s Different?

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Apple has launched the Apple iPhone 12 Mini smartphone recently. The Apple iPhone 12 Mini is priced starting at Rs.69900 for the base model and comes in different variants. In the same segment, Apple also recently launched the Apple iPhone 12 smartphone recently. The Apple iPhone 12 is priced starting at Rs.79900 for the base model and comes in different variants. Check out our head-to-head comparison between the Apple iPhone 12 Mini and Apple iPhone 12 across design, display, internal specifications, camera performance and price to determine what phone is the best for you. Also Read – India bans 43 more Chinese apps over security concerns.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: Price in India

The iPhone 12 carries a starting price of Rs. 79,900 in India or $799 in the US for the 64GB storage variant, while its 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 84,900 or $849, and the 256GB storage option is at Rs. 94,900 or $949. In contrast, the iPhone 12 mini comes at Rs. 69,900 or $699 for the 64GB variant, whereas its 128GB and 256GB storage models are priced at Rs. 74,900 or $749 and Rs. 84,900 or $849, respectively.

On the availability front, the iPhone 12 will be available for pre-orders from October 16, while its availability is scheduled for October 23. The iPhone 12 mini, on the other hand, will go on pre-orders from November 6, with its sale beginning from November 12. India availability has only been detailed for the iPhone 12, and that’s October 30.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: Specifications

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both run on iOS 14 and come with the A14 Bionic SoC, paired with a fourth-generation Neural Engine and a new four-core graphics architecture. Both iPhone models also come with a notch that houses the True Depth Camera system for Face ID support. However, on the part of a major difference, the iPhone 12 carries a 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina display (1170×2532 pixels), while the iPhone 12 mini features a smaller, 5.4-inch OLED Super Retina display (1080×2340 pixels).

For photos and videos, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both have a dual rear camera setup that houses a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.6 lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter with an f/2.4 aperture as well as 120-degree field of view. Both new models also retain optical image stabilization (OIS) support that has been a part of the iPhone family for some time. The rear camera setup is also capable of recording 4K videos. For selfies, video chats, and FaceTime calls, there is a 12-megapixel camera sensor at the front of both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, with an f/2.2 lens.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both have storage options going from 64GB to 256GB. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a Lightning port. The iPhones also come with an Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip that debuted on the iPhone 11 models last year. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, three-axis gyro, and a proximity sensor.

Apple has provided a rechargeable lithium-ion battery on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini that supports fast as well as wireless charging (MagSafe up to 15W and Qi up to 7.5W). The new iPhone models also include magnets at the back to support the newly launched MagSafe charging accessories. The iPhone 12 battery is rated to deliver up to 17 hours of video playback, and the iPhone 12 mini battery is said to deliver up to 15 hours of video playback.

The iPhone 12 measures has a height of 146.7mm and width of 71.5mm (2.82-inches), while the iPhone 12 mini measures 131.5mm (5.18-inches) in height and 64.2mm width (2.53-inches). Both phones are 7.4mm (0.29-inches) in depth. Besides, the iPhone 12 weighs 164 grams. This is heavier than the iPhone 12 mini that is 135 grams in weight.

Apple unveiled the much-anticipated iPhone 12 series on Tuesday. The new series comprises four new iPhone models, namely the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Max. However, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are likely to grab the most attention — thanks to their cheaper pricing over the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both new iPhone models come in four different colour options and are powered by the same A14 Bionic SoC. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini also included dual rear cameras. Nevertheless, there are some major differences between the two that you should consider while making your buying decision.

With this we compared, iPhone 12 price in India and specifications with those of the iPhone 12 mini to help you decide the best option for you.

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